FC Augsburg will be in danger of being dragged deep into the relegation battle if they fail to win against SC Freiburg on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET/14:30 GMT).
The game was up for Augsburg by half-time on Matchday 24 as they conceded three goals inside 34 minutes at Schalke. A third defeat in five matches has left Manuel Baum and his team looking over their shoulders as they are now just two points ahead of Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen and Hamburg – with the latter side sitting in the relegation play-off spot due to their inferior goal difference. A win over eighth-placed Freiburg, though, would have them just three points behind the visitors.
Augsburg were Christian Streich’s first opponents as Freiburg coach and a repeat of the 1-0 win he got on January 21 2012 would suit him this weekend – or indeed a repeat of the 2-1 victory from earlier this season. Freiburg were at home on both occasions, however, and their recent away record against Augsburg leaves a lot to be desired. A 1-1 draw with high-flying Hoffenheim on Matchday 24 was preceded by a 2-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt though, so the newly-promoted club should travel to Bavaria with plenty of confidence.